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Left-hander Ted Lilly forced to retire after 15 seasons because of troublesome shoulder, back

  • FILE - In this April 24, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly winds up against the New York Mets in the first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York. Lilly announced his retirement from baseball on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    FILE - In this April 24, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly winds up against the New York Mets in the first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York. Lilly announced his retirement from baseball on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 5, 2009, file photo, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly tips his cap to the fans as he leaves the field during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago. Lilly announced his retirement from baseball on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    FILE - In this July 5, 2009, file photo, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly tips his cap to the fans as he leaves the field during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago. Lilly announced his retirement from baseball on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)  (The Associated Press)

Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back.

The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 ERA.

Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems.

He made one three-inning appearance in Valencia and would have pitched again but got food poisoning. He returned home to California on Wednesday night. He now expects to coach, at the youth level at first.